I was looking for a high quality 8" SCT for visual use. I wanted a sturdy mount, good optics, and an accurate go-to mount with easy alignment. The CPC 800 Deluxe delivers in all of these areas: The heavy-duty tripod is clearly higher quality as compared to my old Celestron CG-5 ASGT, and it includes a clever design that allows the tray to rotate allowing the legs to fold in for easy storage and moving as a single unit. The mount and tripod are rock-solid in use. The EdgeHD optical tube is a step up from the standard Celestron SCT, with noticeably sharper images to the edge of the field of view. It is probably overkill for visual use but I enjoy looking through fine optics. The collimation was perfect right out of the box. The mount has very accurate go-to performance: virtually every target is positioned close to the center of my 24mm Panoptic after the scope slews. This is my third Celestron go-to mount and this is the only one where Skyalign actually gave a good alignment. It's not that big a deal for me to do a two or three star alignment, but it is super-easy for anyone to set-up and align this scope. The only downside is that the deluxe mount and tripod are noticeably heavier than the non-deluxe version. Otherwise, this telescope has everything one could want in a reasonably portable quality go-to telescope.
The telescope is fantastic and what made it even better was the excellent customer service!! They are incredibly helpful and ready to help. I would recommend OPTcorp to everyone and I will definitely be a return customer!! Thanks guys!!
I owner the Celestron CPC 800, and 1100 and then went back down to the 800. The optic on these scopes is good, but 3 week ago I traded in my cpc 800 for a Celestron cpc 800 deluxe edge hd. This is by far the best scope I've ever own very good optic, I've been able to look at jupiter and see the big red spot and I could easily magnetify the images over 200 power. I saw details I have never seen threw my others scopes, I'm look forward too many years of pleasure, and I can't wait to see what else I can see.
I love this scope it is a very well put together piece of equipment. I've only owned the cpc deluxe a litte over a week, but I will tell you it delivers as advertised. I saw the planet jupiter in sharp detail, in fact I saw the red spot with ease for the first time ever in this scope without a problem. I look forward to many years of please with this scope, it very user friendly and well engineered.